Recently a topic came up on VFR navigation. I would highly recommend it if you’re interested. Without this topic, I wouldn’t be making this thread. You can find that here. I was wanting to try this, but actually putting this into practice seemed a little harder. I finally decided to take the plunge and did a flight only using VFR navigation. I wanted to share my experience, and hopefully give you a few tips and tricks. If you are already experienced with this, most of the stuff if not all of it you will already know.
Planning is a vital step in VFR navigation. If you don’t do it nine times out of ten you will get lost.
I used Skyvector to plan. I wanted to get to Durant from Wiley Post with a stop in between at Ardmore. I live in Oklahoma so I am familiar with the scenery. (This helps a lot) I recommend starting VFR navigation at places you are familiar.
The red is drawn is the rough route I was going to fly.
When planning you want to pick out curtain obstacles to reference.
I picked out a few. I recommend using relatively large landmarks i.e highways, railroads, large buildings, briges, and towns.
My first marker was the Canadian River. It is fairly large and very easy to pick out.
In infinite flight, it looks like this.
The second landmark was a railroad which lead directly to Ardmore, and then to Durant.
Even though the satellite imagery in Infinite flight is awesome it can still be hard to differentiate between roads and highways. When I had trouble with this I would find myself going back LiveFlight.
Fly a GA aircraft. You might want to try this in a 737 and I’m not stopping you, but you will have a lot more fun using a GA aircraft.
Skyvector helped me tremendously when flying, and planning. I could always go back to it as a reference.
Try flying without a mini map. Having to rely on you’re planning skills and seeing it pay off is very satisfying and much more fun.
Would I try this again? Absolutely! Especially with the TBM right around the corner. With the experience, I have with VFR navigation it definitely helped flying in my home state really helped my success. would I recommend you do this? Definitely. It’s fun flying from point a to b but it was very fun to stir it up with VFR.